Raleigh challenges Mariners to make strikes: ‘You’ve bought to exit and purchase’

SEATTLE (AP) — By his play on the sphere and actions within the clubhouse, catcher Cal Raleigh emerged as a voice prepared to talk out about what’s taking place with the Seattle Mariners.

It occurred at midseason when he known as out his teammates for a way the Mariners have been enjoying. And it occurred on Saturday when Raleigh known as out administration after Seattle was eradicated from playoff rivalry with a 6-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Whereas Texas was celebrating a playoff berth within the opposing clubhouse, Raleigh made robust feedback to Seattle’s entrance workplace about the necessity to enhance the Mariners’ roster in the event that they wish to compete with the Rangers, Houston and different American League groups.

“Anytime you’ll be able to add, I imply look over within the different locker room proper there, they’ve added greater than anyone else and look the place it bought them,” Raleigh stated. “There’s a couple of option to pores and skin a cat, that’s for certain. However going out and getting these massive names, individuals who have achieved it, individuals who have been there, people who find themselves leaders, individuals who have proven time and time once more that they are often profitable on this league is unquestionably what would assist this clubhouse.”

After snapping a 21-year playoff drought a 12 months in the past, this season’s outcome was a serious disappointment for the Mariners. They have been mediocre early within the 12 months, climbed again to .500 by midseason and used a 21-win August to leap again into postseason rivalry.

However that massive August got here in opposition to principally sub-.500 groups and Seattle struggled badly within the ultimate month in opposition to higher groups. Going into Sunday’s finale, the Mariners are 11-17 in September.

The commerce deadline was additionally a degree of rivalry for Seattle. Whereas others bolstered their rosters, the Mariners main transfer concerned buying and selling nearer Paul Sewald to Arizona for Dominic Canzone, Josh Rojas and Ryan Bliss. Canzone and Rojas had flashes within the ultimate two months, however the lack of extra strikes and the lack of Sewald was vital.

“Dropping Paul on the commerce deadline positively harm and I feel was a giant spot in our season,” Raleigh stated.

Seattle can have loads of inquiries to face within the offseason in regards to the path ahead to bolstering an offense that lagged at occasions, including at the least one starter to the rotation and discovering a option to encompass younger star Julio Rodríguez with extra expertise.

“I feel we’ve achieved an awesome job of rising some gamers right here and inside the farm system, however typically you bought to exit and you must purchase and that’s simply the secret,” Raleigh stated. “We’ll see what occurs this offseason, hopefully we are able to add some add some gamers and develop into a greater crew.”


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